Basketmaker style obsidian blade knife C1703
Knife C1703 with obsidian blade, juniper handle, deer tendon ligatures, case sewn in rawhide covered with tanned deer hide.
This piece is part of my latest series (2017) of Native American inspiration. It is of Basketmaker form (culture of the south of the USA).
To fit as close as possible to the vision I had of this knife, I first cut its blade into black obsidian of America. I then shaped the handle in juniper wood, engraved with a geometric sign and painted with natural red pigments. A deerskin strap is attached. I really appreciate this wood for its smell and fine grain. In addition, it is a wood present in North America that was probably used by the Basketmakers.
The obsidian blade is attached to its handle with a prehistoric glue used by Amerindians and a deer tendon ligature coated with tendon glue.
The obsidian's colour was chosen to match the handle and its decor.
The case, franged, is made of rawhide covered with tanned deer hide. A few pearls in bone and jasper give him life.
As always, for this piece, I wanted to create an aspect of already lived by applying a very light patina. The set thus gives the appearance of a case and its knife having already lived a few years worn by its owner.
Five thousand years ago. A hunter-gatherer group prepares to go on a hunting expedition.
After checking his equipment, paddles, propellant, one of the hunters finishes dressing up by putting on his moccasins in skin.
He attach to his belt his dagger whose blade is carved in black obsidian and joins the group that has already formed for a while.
- Knife size
- 18 cm
- Cutting edge length
- ~ 8 cm